1. Außenminister Gabriel Foreign Minister Gabriel on the attack in Kabul
  2. Ghor province, Tulak district. Relief distribution to people affected by floods. German Support for ICRC Afghanistan
Außenminister Gabriel

Foreign Minister Gabriel on the attack in Kabul

31.05.2017 The news from Afghanistan is shocking. I condemn the attack in Kabul, in which dozens of people were injured and killed, in the strongest possible terms. The attack was carried out in the immediate vicinity of the German Embassy. It hit civilians and it hit those who are in Afghanistan to work with the people there on a better future for the country. It is particularly despicable that these people were targeted. Staff of the German Embassy were also injured in the attack.All staff are now safe. An Afghan security officer, who was protecting the Embassy grounds, was killed. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. I have convened the crisis unit at the Federal Foreign Office to investigate the situation further. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends. We wish those injured a swift recovery. Such attacks do not change in any way our determination to continue supporting the Afghan Government in further stabilising the country.

Ghor province, Tulak district. Relief distribution to people affected by floods.

German Support for ICRC Afghanistan

Germany has raised its support for ICRC assistance, protection, prevention and cooperation activities in Afghanistan 2016-2018 in Afghanistan from 5 to 8 Mio Euro.


Date: 16 August, 2017

The Visa Section and Consular Section of the German Embassy Kabul will remain closed until further notice due to the attack on 31 May 2017.

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1. New visa applications

a) Schengen Visa

In order to obtain a Schengen visa with Germany as the main destination you may now apply at one of the following Visa Sections:

German Embassy New Delhi
German Consulate-General Istanbul
German Consulate-General Dubai

The Federal Foreign Office is also endeavouring to enable Afghan citizens to apply for a Schengen visa in Islamabad and Dushanbe. As soon as the preparations have been completed news will be posted on this website.
Please make an appointment at one Visa Section only. If you make appointments at several German missions abroad, all of your appointments will be cancelled.

b) National Visa

The Federal Foreign Office is currently taking the necessary steps to enable the submission of applications for family reunification, student visas and other national visa to the German Embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad. Further information will be provided on this website as soon as possible. 

It is already possible to register for an appointment for new applications for family reunification, student visas etc. here

Please bear in mind that Afghan citizens require a visa for India, Pakistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Tajikistan. If you wish to apply for a visa for Germany in a third country, please apply for an entry visa at the relevant country's mission first.
As far as the Federal Foreign Office is aware, Afghan citizens may currently enter Turkey if they hold a valid visa for Turkey or the United States of America. 

Applications for Schengen visas by Afghan nationals at German missions abroad (New Delhi, Istanbul, Dubai and in the future Islamabad and Dushanbe) can only be accepted if the applicant is holding a valid visa for the country where application is submitted.
Timely notification to family reunification with a family member who is entitled to asylum or has been recognised as a refugee can be submitted to the website

c) Important Information

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations has decided to discontinue the acceptance of non-machine readable passports as of November 25th, 2015. Handwritten Afghan passports will not be accepted after that date. Visa applicants holding handwritten passports are advised to submit machine readable passports.

 2. Pending visa applications
National visa applications (family reunification, student visas etc.) that have already been submitted to the German Embassy Kabul will now be processed at the Federal Foreign Office headquarters in Berlin.

The Federal Foreign Office kindly requests those affected to be patient while the necessary organisational measures are put in place.
We urgently advise you to not submit any new applications for family reunification to other German missions abroad if you have already submitted an application to the German Embassy Kabul as this will delay your application.

The Federal Foreign Office is working on returning the passports and other original documents that were submitted with visa applications to the German Embassy Kabul before 31 May 2017 to their respective holders. However, the security situation poses significant logistical challenges. Those affected are kindly requested to be patient. They will be notified as soon as possible. In urgent cases, we recommend that you obtain replacement documents and travel documents from your home country.

3. Consular emergencies, German passports and Inspection of Afghan documents

Please contact the Federal Foreign Office directly in case of consular emergencies in Afghanistan. German citizens can contact the Embassy of any EU Member State for assistance with emergencies in Afghanistan.

The German Embassy Islamabad has been designated as the passport office responsible for German citizens resident in Afghanistan. However, you may also apply for a German passport at other German missions abroad or at any passport office in Germany.

Certificates, authentications and attestations can be issued at other German Embassies and Consulates General in the region. Please contact the mission in advance.

It will not be possible to inspect Afghan public documents until further notice. The competent offices must therefore assess the authenticity of the documents themselves at their own discretion.


Opening a limited-withdrawal bank account

With a limited‑withdrawal bank account you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources.

Kindergarten © picture-alliance/dpa

Children and Armed Conflict

Children are the most vulnerable people in any armed conflict, which is why it is essential that the international community ensure special protection of children in such situations.

Image illustrating the German Cooperation with Afghanistan

German Cooperation with Afghanistan

The German Cooperation supports the Afghan state in respecting, protecting and guaranteeing human rights, providing security, and being recognised by its citizens as their legitimate representative and service provider, meeting their basic needs.

Experience Germany Refreshed, mobile and highly interactive – deutschland.de has a new face to it

Discover topics, find information, view videos , take part in the Germany Quiz and in online voting, interact with others: If you want to understand what makes Germany tick and what Germany is busy talking about, then visit deutschland.de and its social-media channels .

The Deutschland portal has a new face: young, refreshed, mobile and highly interactive.

Ambassador Sparwasser with Afghan Members of Parliament

Visit of the Special Representative to Kabul

Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, the Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan, visited Kabul on October 20 and 21. During her visit she met with President Ashraf Ghani and representatives of the Afghan Government, and with members of the international community.

Agricultural training

Caritas implements new project to support year-round food security

Caritas international, in cooperation with its partners Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Cordaid, will implement the project “Mitigating Migration Causes by Strengthening Local Coping Strategies in Afghanistan” in Balkh, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghor and Herat provinces. The project is funded by the German Federal Government with a grant of 4.700.000,00 Euro and set to run for 34 months beginning in 2016 and ending in 2019.


Address, Contacts & Office Hours

Here you will find address, contacts and office hours of the embassy and how to reach us in case of emergency.

Online Appointment System


Visa appointments at the Embassy can only be made online. Please use your current passport number only. Any attempt to make more than one appointment with different passport numbers will lead to the rejection of your application. Please also ensure that your passport number, your e-mail address, etc. are filled out correctly, otherwise you will lose your appointment.

#RumoursAboutGermany - Public awareness campaign in Afghanistan

Billboard in Kabul

As part of its work to counter the rumours and untruths circulated by human traffickers, the Federal Foreign Office has launched a poster campaign in Afghanistan. Using posters and social media, the campaign is geared to Afghans who are considering fleeing to Germany. The aim is to prevent them risking their lives by deciding to flee to Germany on the basis of false information.